Monday, July 12, 2010

Banana kiss update

I've added some more layers to this painting and am at risk of turning it to mud.  The freshness that I started with seems to disappear and my hand chooses the wrong colour or the wrong value of colour and so on and so on.

I had this same issue when adding a watercolour tint to a fish print that I did this weekend. Its a bit like that nursery rhyme: "when she was good, she was very very good and when she was bad, she was horrid".   Painting and drawing seem to follow the same way.  Some days it flows effortlessly, some days its not worth going into the studio as things do not turn to gold but to sawdust.

I will leave this piece for a few days then go back and see what I can salvage.  I keep trying to analyse why I can't produce what I want to produce sometimes, but I know that its simply how it is and I must learn to go with the flow.  The muse will return and finish the image for me.


A Brush with Color said...

It's so comforting to know someone with your talent goes through those same highs and lows, Jeanette. Love your fish here and your caption. Very appropriate.

Your wrapped candy painting is wonderful, and so complex. Impressive!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

You are right about just keeping on with it. It is frustrating, though, isn't it? It's nice to have been creating long enough to realize that there is ebb and flow in the creative life.

Your work is so wonderful, Jeanette. (And often, we are our own worst critics.) Thanks for sharing the hard times as well as the good. It keeps things real!

Jeanette said...

I think everyone who creates goes through it Rhonda. I thought the fish app was cute and rather fits in. Let's hope they get fed enough! :)

It can be frustrating Elizabeth when you're trying to work against something that you have little control over. Mostly when its like that, I just go do something else instead and it passes.

Good and bad times are part of art. Life too.